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When my sister and I decided to look start looking for apartments, we figured we’d end up in a apartment complex, just like we had in college. We had no intentions of finding an two-bedroom apartment on the upper level of a Victorian house. The first time we looked at the apartment, we knew right away is was NOT for us. It was a winter night and it was cold. Though the apartment was empty sans a ragged old couch, it needed a lot of cleaning and a fresh paint job. We looked at each and shook our heads. All the other apartments we were interested in didn’t work out. So, we decided to look at the Victorian apartment again. Maybe it was because it was daylight the second time, but we immediately said yes.
After a ton of cleaning and a few coats of fresh paint, we moved in and I fell in love with the apartment. Let it be known that I have declared this apartment ‘my dream home.’ Though that may be a little dramatic (there are things about the apartment that wouldn’t constitute as dream-home worthy), but the small details and character that comes with older houses are the elements that make my heart swoon. I don’t mind that hardwood floors are imperfect or that the windows are old. I have always felt a strong connection to old, vintage things. I love the stories they tell and the nostalgic emotions they evoke. So it really wasn’t a surprise to find that this place complimented many objects that I already had. Although we did have to purchase many new items as well, it has been so fun decorating a place appeals to me aesthetically rather than the cookie-cutter apartments I lived in throughout college. I am most certainly not an interior designer, but I love the challenge.
One thing that I absolutely am grateful for is that my sister allowed me to put all my craft / scrapbooking things into the dining room / craft room. This meant big things for my room! No more stuffing all of my stuff into one small place which always resulted in constant cluttered chaos from all my little projects. Finally my room is a place where I can go to relax and read. If I need to step away from a project, I can go to my room and decompress. It’s comfy and not overcrowded. Natural light seeps in ever so seamlessly and brightens the entire room.
I will be the first to admit that my style has changed so much over the years, but I think I am finally settling into a forever-style (is that a thing? probably not). I would describe it has a mixture of vintage, eclectic, and modern with a bunch of quirk. It’s imperfectly homey and random, but it’s me and am I loving it. I am definitely the type of decorator that takes her time and will maul over decisions of where to place or hang something. With that said, I am so happy with the direction of style my bedroom is taking. However, it is still a work in progress…along with the entire apartment, but I just couldn’t wait until it was perfect to show it off. Trust me that would be a lot of waiting…things will never be perfect and I will always be rearranging.
What about you? How do you decorate your space? Do you take forever to settle on a decision as to where to place or hang something or do you put in some where and call it good? Let me know via the comments or hit me up on Twitter – I’d love to know your thoughts!